|Math Kangaroo History
The Contest-Game "Math Kangaroo" originated in France in 1991 and quickly became very popular among students in many European countries. Several years later, the association "Kangourou sans frontieres" was founded and it now organizes the event. The contest's main purpose is to promote mathematical thinking and stimulate an interest in math, by providing students with an opportunity to compare their abilities against the abilities of other students, from different countries around the world. In the past several years, the geography of the participating countries has been extended outside Europe, to USA, Paraguay, Mexico, Canada, etc.
In 2011, over six million students and hundreds of mathematicians from 46 countries played the game, world-wide. More information about the contest is available at www.mathkang.org.
|About the Math Kangaroo in Canada|
The first Canadian edition of the Math Kangaroo was in 2001, in Ottawa. An IB private bilingual school, Academie de la Capitale, had been hosting the Math Kangaroo in Ottawa and the region for five consecutive years, from 2001 to 2005. Since then, the contest becomes more and more popular among parents, teachers and students. In 2004 and 2005, groups of five Canadian students (winners of medals in their grades) travelled to Bulgaria in August, to participate in the Math Kangaroo International Summer Camps, together with best performers from Russia, Romania, France, Georgia, and Bulgaria.
In October 2006, Canada became a member of the International Association "Kangourou sans frontieres" (view a map of Math Kangaroo countries). Math Kangaroo in Canada representative Valeria Pandelieva joined the XIV General Assembly of the International Association "Kangaroo without Borders", which took place on October 11-15, 2006 in Barcelona, Catalonia.
The 2006 contest for the first time was organized in three Canadian cities: Ottawa, Toronto, and Edmonton. In 2007 three new centres offered the contest in Calgary, St. John's, and Montreal. The number of entries in Canada increased from 318 in 2006 to 1382 in 2011. In July 2007 a group of five winners and a supervisor from Canada traveled to Romania for a summer Math Kangaroo camp.